The Oakland Raiders signed a local product on Tuesday in linebacker Chase Thomas, a former star for the Stanford Cardinal.
Thomas, who went undrafted, was signed by the Saints, who released him on Monday.
Over his four seasons at the farm, Thomas recorded 229 tackles, 27.5 sacks, and two interceptions in 52 games. In 2011, Thomas ranked first in the Pac-12 with 18 tackles for loss, and finished second in the conference in sacks and forced fumbles.
Last season, in his senior campaign, Thomas finished second on the team with 71 tackles and make the All-Pac 12 team for the second straight year.
The Raiders played against the Saints in their preseason game last Friday, so they got a good look at Thomas, and liked him enough to claim him. Thomas will reunite with Jason Tarver, who was the co-defensive coordinator at Stanford in 2011 before becoming the defensive coordinator of the Raiders in 2012.
Thomas sent out a couple of tweets about joining the Raiders and returning to the Bay Area:
— Chase Thomas (@CTcard44) August 20, 2013
jetlife #bayyyyarea blessed to have another opportunity.. cant wait to get to work
— Chase Thomas (@CTcard44) August 21, 2013
In a corresponding move, the Raiders waived/injured tackle John Wetzel to make room for Thomas.